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She's been dubbed the most powerful speaker in a century, and was singled out by President Obama as being a critical force for passing a sweeping health care reform overhaul. But for the Republicans, she equals fundraising gold -- a San Francisco liberal who fires up the base and creates an endless supply of photo fodder.

GOP pollsters find that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is one of the most recognized Congressional leaders in decades. That's one reason the term "PelosiCare" has found its way into Republican mailers and television ads, and GOP sources tell us that will keep up in the coming months.

"The voters cannot fire Barack Obama in November but they can fire Nancy Pelosi," said Wes Anderson, a GOP pollster who contracts with the Republican National Committee. "The only other person voters are as concerned about is President Obama. They find she shares his ideology but not his charm."

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March 23, 2010: President Barack Obama signs the health care reform bill.

The signing is the end of a year-long road to the historic legislation. TPM presents a look back at some of the most memorable images from the final weekend.

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March 20, 2010: President Barack Obama greets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her grandson, following a meeting with Democratic Members of Congress to discuss the health insurance reform vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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March 20, 2010: President Barack Obama listens to Dan Turton, deputy director of Legislative Affairs, during a health care strategy session with advisors in the Chief of Staff's outer office at the White House.

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March 20, 2010: Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office for Health Reform, talks with Dan Meltzer, principal deputy counsel, as President Barack Obama calls a member of congress in the Oval Office. Seated on the couch, from left, are Bob Bauer, counsel to the President, Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Danielle Gray, associate counsel to the President.

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March 20, 2010: Anti-reform protesters gather near the Capitol, one day before passage of the Senate health care bill through the House of Representatives.

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March 20, 2010: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses a group of anti-reform protesters at a rally.

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March 20, 2010: An anti-health care reform protester holds a pitchfork.

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March 20, 2010: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) addresses a crowd of anti-health care reform protesters.

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March 20, 2010: A man near the Capitol wears the Gadsden Flag to protest health care reform.

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March 20, 2010: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) listens to a protester at the rally against health care reform.

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March 21, 2010: President Barack Obama pumps his fists during a meeting with senior staff in the Chief of Staff 's office at the White House.

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March 21, 2010: In between meetings on health care reform, President Barack Obama plays a game of H-O-R-S-E with Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, on the White House basketball court.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama talks on the phone with a member of Congress in the chief of staff's office, accompanied by aides (from left) Phil Schiliro, Sean Sweeney, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, and Dan Turton.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama talks on the phone with a member of Congress in the Outer Oval Office, while Katie Johnson, his personal secretary, works.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama takes a BlackBerry message.

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March 21, 2010: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) announces he will vote for Health Care Reform in exchange for an executive order on federal abortion funding.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama celebrates another "yes" vote on health care reform with Phil Schiliro.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama, Vice President Biden, and senior staff react to the passage of the health care reform bill in the House.

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March 21, 2010: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as President Obama remarks on the House vote to pass the health care reform bill.

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March 21, 2010: President Obama and Vice President Biden leave the East Room after the House vote on the health care reform bill.

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March 22, 2010: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) celebrate the passage of the health care reform bill.

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March 22, 2010: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embrace after the House passage of the health care reform bill.  

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March 22, 2010: President Obama hugs Phil Schiliro.

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March 22, 2010: President Obama and Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office for Health Reform, chat on the White House Truman Balcony.  

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March 22, 2010: President Obama receives cheers from staff on the Truman Balcony of the White House.

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March 23, 2010: President Obama and Democratic leaders gather for the signing of the health care reform bill.

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March 23, 2010: President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) embrace after the signing of the health care reform bill.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, released a statement today criticizing Republican leadership's refusal to let Senate committees meet. Here's the full statement:

"Senator McCain's promised obstruction comes to reality just a day later. 'The Party of No' wouldn't even agree to let Senate committees meet today. Ironically, as they make false claims about transparency regarding health reform, they're shutting down a committee hearing today on transparency in government.

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What a difference a day makes. And, you know, the signing of a sweeping health care bill.

Last week, the atmosphere in the Capitol--and indeed, all across political Washington--was tense, and ominous. Democrats hadn't rounded up all the votes they needed (and ultimately found) to pass health care reform, and Senate Republicans knew it. They kicked up as much dust as they could to scare House members into killing their own bill. Fixing the health care bill with reconciliation would fail, they warned over and over again, and Dems would be stuck having enacting an unpopular reform.

Today, that's all gone.

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President Obama hailed today's signing of health care reform as an historic moment in American history.

The legislative victory on health care reform was not the President's alone, however, and he delivered his remarks to a room of key reform players. But only 20 of those walked away with the prime prize--a health care reform signing pen. Here, according to the WH Press Office, are the Dems who got the pens:

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters today that Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has done enough to apologize for his "baby killer" outburst during the health care reform vote Sunday, though Hoyer cautioned Republicans that it was actions like Neugebauer's that helped lead to some of the darker moments during the final 48 hours of debate on the bill this weekend. Asked about Neugebauer during his weekly briefing with reporters, Hoyer read Neugebauer's apology letter for the outburst, in which Neugebauer said he had not meant to single out Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) -- as it appeared to most listeners -- but instead was referring to the entire health care bill when he shouted during Stupak's explanation of his es vote. Hoyer said he accepted the explanation, and Neugebauer's apology, though he said he and most Democrats didn't hear the remark the way Neugebauer said he said it.

"He said he said 'it's', and I take him at his word," Hoyer said, adding, "I don't think we need to carry it any further."

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A new Gallup poll set to appear in tomorrow's USA Today shows public opinion is turning around on Democratic health care reform efforts now that the bill has reached final passage.

A plurality of voters surveyed in the poll, 49%, said passing the bill was "a good thing" as opposed to just 40% who said the passage of the reform bill was bad for the country.

There's more good news for Democrats worried about their election chances after passing the bill found in the poll. Most respondents said they had positive feelings about the bill's passage, and 48% -- which USA Today reports is the "largest single group" in the poll -- called the bill "a good first step" and should actually be followed by more reform efforts.

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